Scholarships for High School Seniors

College is right around the corner. Here are scholarships open to high school seniors who are off to college in the fall.

We the Future Contest
Sponsor: Constituting America
Amount: Varied based on class standing
Closing Date: September 17, 2020extended to September 24, 2020
Description: Contest is open to K-12 students, college students, law school students, graduate schools students, adults 25 years of age and older, and seniors 65 years of age and older. Contest is about the U.S. Constitution. Each age group has different requirements, so applicants should visit website for details.

Questbridge Scholars
Sponsor: Questbridge
Amount: Full Tuition
Closing Date: September 29, 2020
Description: Program is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Applicant must have primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available, be in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, and have strong standardized test scores (if taken). Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. The program is only open for students considering one or more of Questbridge’s college partners (see website for details). Often finalists are first generation college students.

$1,000 Scholarship/$1,000 Grant: Have a Conversation and Disrupt Racism in Your Community
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship by starting a conversation with friends and family about how to disrupt racism in your community. We also will donate $1,000 to a Black-led, DoSomething-approved organization fighting for racial justice of the scholarship winner’s choosing. The recent wave of worldwide protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, amidst others, highlight the injustices, fear, and violence that Black Americans face on a daily basis because of white supremacy. If you identify as Black: Share our self-care for young Black activists guide with a friend. If you identify as white or a non-Black person of color: Use our guide to start a conversation about disrupting racism with someone you care about. (Winner can donate their $1,000 scholarship winnings to the same organization if they choose.)

$1,000 Easy Election Quiz: Back-to-School Edition
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by taking our back-to-school themed online quiz to educate yourself on everything you need to know to vote in the upcoming elections as you return to the classroom, whether IRL or digitally. All you have to do is take our easy online quiz. It takes less than two minutes! You’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. Only applicable to 18 to 25 year olds. Let’s Do This.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Fill Out An Easy Pledge to Vote! (Florida)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by filling out our easy pledge to vote this November. All you have to do is share why you plan on voting this fall. It takes less than 2 minutes! Fill out the online pledge form to automatically enter to win a $1,000 scholarship. Must be a current resident or attending post-secondary school in Florida to be eligible. Only applicable for 18 to 25 year olds. Let’s Do This!

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Fill Out An Easy Pledge to Vote! (Other States)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by filling out our easy pledge to vote this November. All you have to do is share why you plan on voting this fall. It takes less than 2 minutes! Fill out the online pledge form to automatically enter to win a $1,000 scholarship. Must be a current resident or attending post-secondary school in Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas or Wisconsin to be eligible. Only applicable for 18 to 25 year olds. Let’s Do This.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Ready to Vote? Quiz (Florida)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by taking our online quiz to educate yourself on everything you need to know to vote in the upcoming elections. All you have to do is take our easy online quiz. It takes less than two minutes! You’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. Must be a current resident or attending post-secondary school in Florida to be eligible. Only applicable to 18 to 25 year olds. Let’s Do This.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Ready to Vote? Quiz (Pennsylvania)
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by taking our online quiz to educate yourself on everything you need to know to vote in the upcoming elections. All you have to do is take our easy online quiz. It takes less than two minutes! You’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship. Must be a current resident or attending post-secondary school in Pennsylvania to be eligible. Only applicable to 18 to 25 year olds. Let’s Do This.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Share a Link to Help Your Friends Register to Vote!
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win a $1,000 scholarship just by helping your friends register online to vote! By signing up for our campaign, you’ll get a personalized voter registration page. Then text, email, or share the link to your page on social media to help your friends quickly register to vote. It takes less than two minutes for them to register online! Every time you share your voter registration page before September 30, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Yep, it’s that easy!

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school, college, and graduate students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States or an international student with a valid visa. Applicant must log in to Niche or create a free account to apply for the scholarship.

$2,500 Scholarship: Donate Personal Care and Cleaning Products to Your Local Boys & Girls Club or Shelter
Sponsor: DoSomething
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: You could win a $2,500 scholarship by donating personal care and cleaning products to your local Boys & Girls Club or shelter, which we’ll help you locate. COVID-19 has hit Black communities, people of color, and low-income families the hardest, both in terms of health and finances. People of color are almost twice as likely to report job loss and economic hardship due to the pandemic, making it especially difficult to afford crucial products for health and hygiene this back-to-school season. This is where you come in: use our step-by-step guide to collect five personal care products (like soap and hand sanitizer) and cleaning products (like wipes and detergent) with help from your friends and adults in your life. Include a personal note of support and encouragement and donate the items to your local Boys & Girls Club or shelter. Let’s Do This!

Because College is Expensive Scholarship
Sponsor: Cedar Education Lending
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students, adults looking to head back to school, current college students, and anyone looking to attend college or graduate school within 12 months. Applicant must submit a short form.

Bonsai Finance Veterans Scholarship
Sponsor: Bonsai Finance
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current undergraduate of vocational/technical students who are veterans, active duty, or direct dependents (son, daughter, spouse) of the U.S. Military. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to their accomplishments.

Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship
Sponsor: Cappex
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students in the United States who are/will be enrolled in college within the next 12 months. Applicant must create a Cappex profile (if they don’t have one already), share about their extracurricular activities, leadership, and volunteer activities, and then search Cappex for scholarships.

Courage to Grow Scholarship
Sponsor: Courage To Grow
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors in high school and college students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicant must explain in 250 words or less why they believe they should be awarded the scholarship.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship
Sponsor: Discover Financial Services
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students who are 16 years of age or older. Applicant must sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college and they will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

FACT Scholarship
Sponsor: Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and incoming and current college students. Scholarship is only open to FACT members and their immediate family members.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: September 15, 2020 extended to September 30, 2020
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2020-2021 academic year. This is the first deadline. Deadline II is January 4, 2021, and Deadline III is March 3, 2021. High school seniors must apply by December 4, 2020.

Just Poetry Contest
Sponsor: American High School Poets
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

National CPR Foundation Healthcare and Education Scholarship Program
Sponsor: National CPR Foundation
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are at least 18 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicant must be currently or planning to be enrolled in school majoring in a healthcare or education-related field.

Nitro College Scholarship
Sponsor: Nitro
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who is at least 17 years of age or older. Applicant must meet one of the five following eligibility requirements: 1) a parent of a student currently enrolled in an accredited college, 2) a student who is currently enrolled in an accredited college, 3) a parent who has a student enrolled as a high school senior, 4) a current high school senior, or 5) a student or parent whose child has graduated from an accredited undergraduate school and who is currently paying back a student or parent loan.

No Sweat Scholarship
Sponsor: Cirkled In
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia. Applicant must create a free Cirkled in account.

OppU Achievers Scholarship
Sponsor: OppLoans
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to financial literacy.

R2C Scholarship
Sponsor: Return2College
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently enrolled. Applicant must be 17 years of age or older (there is no maximum age limit). Applicant must share in three sentences of less why they are getting their degree.

School Survey Sweepstakes
Sponsor: Niche
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Description: Sweepstakes is open to current high school students, high school alumni who graduated within the last four years, and the parents of those students or alumni. Individual must take a survey on a United States high school.

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